1. Teaching Your Child How to be a Good Older Sibling

    Sister and brother having an after-school snackAccording to 2015 statistics from the United States Census Bureau, about 80 percent of American children have at least one brother or sister. A sibling relationship is the longest relationship that most siblings will have in their lives, so it’s only natural that siblings can have a huge impact and influence on each other.

    The extent of sibling influence can vary greatly from family to family and person to person, and older brothers and sisters can pass down much more than the clothes and toys that they’ve outgrown.

    Here are some ways that parents can teach older brothers and sisters how to be good older siblings and encourage good sibling relationships:

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  2. 5 Ways to Keep in Touch in the New Year

    Mother and daughter using video chatFor many people, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. Unfortunately, one project that too easily can get pushed to the side is keeping in touch with loved ones, especially if they live far away. Unless they’re directly involved in your daily activities, it sometimes may seem next to impossible to find the time to catch up.

    For one’s own wellbeing and that of your relationships, it’s good to carve out time in your schedule to keep in touch. With the help of today’s technology and the many options available, keeping up-to-date with the lives of loved ones near and far has never been easier.

    Here are five ways to keep in touch in 2016 with people who matter most to you:

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  3. Planning a Family Reunion

    family reunion planning checklistFamily reunions can be a ton of fun, especially when you have a large family whose members may not see each other that often. When relatives near and far get together, you can bet that the experience will be memorable.

    Planning a family reunion can be a lot of work, however, and requires a time commitment from all parties involved in organizing the event. The result can be well worth the effort, especially for the memories that you will have had a hand in creating.

    Check out our Family Reunion Planning Checklist for tips on how to break down the planning of the event into manageable chunks of time. To be sure, planning can alleviate the stress and make it an enjoyable process.

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  4. The Art of Letter-Writing for Kids

    12.7.15-writing-letter-blogpreviewUntil recently, writing a letter – handwritten or typed – was a primary way for keeping in touch with loved ones, or even anybody. Today’s advancements in communications technology provide many other ways to do so, which unfortunately has meant that writing a letter sometimes falls by the wayside.

    Nevertheless, writing a letter still has its place and its advantages, including showing that one knows how to show politeness, respect, appropriate etiquette, knowledge and education, and/or warmth and especial regard for a person. Sometimes writing a letter still can make a difference in social circles and in landing a new job.

    Do your kids know how to write a letter?

    Our accompanying infographic breaks down the components of letter-writing for kids, including the five parts of a friendly letter and how to address an envelope.

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  5. 5 Thanksgiving Day Activities for Families

    Grandfather and grandson playing footballHaving all of your loved ones together on Thanksgiving Day can be wonderful. It can also be stressful, especially if you are trying to find ways to entertain your guests while preparing a delicious feast for everyone to enjoy.

    If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you may want to be armed with activities for family fun, particularly if young ones will be present. Here are some tried and true activities that can keep the kids busy either before or after the meal, or both:

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